People in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to join the Race Against Hate at West Park next Sunday (16 October 2022).
The 5km race, equivalent to three laps of the park, marks the culmination of this year's Hate Crime Awareness Week and is open to individuals, families and teams, or all ages and abilities. People can run, jog or walk.
It begins at noon with registration and a participant briefing from 11.30am. The Race Against Hate is one of a series of events taking place in Wolverhampton during Hate Crime Awareness Week to raise awareness of the city’s zero tolerance to hate crime and celebrate Wolverhampton's cohesive and diverse communities.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "As a city we are committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms, and you can play a part by joining the Race Against Hate at West Park next weekend."
Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by an offender's hatred of someone because of their race, colour, ethnic origin or nationality, their religion, their gender or gender identity, their sexual orientation or their disability. It can take many forms, from physical attacks such as an assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson, to verbal abuse or insults or the threat of attack, including the sending of offensive letters, emails or texts, abusive or obscene telephone calls or malicious complaints.
People can find out more about hate crime, and how to report incidents in Wolverhampton, by logging on to heir website. Hate Crime Awareness Week is organised by Stop Hate UK and runs from Saturday 8 October to Sunday 16 October.